Biography of Edward Caird
Edward Caird (1835-1908) was Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University from 1866 to 1893. He gave the Gifford Lectures, 1900-1902 and 1903 and was awarded the honorary degree of LLD 1894.
Born in Greenock, Caird was the younger brother of John (1820-1898) the University's Principal. Educated at the University and at Balliol before taking the Moral Philosophy Chair, he played a leading role in establishing political science as a subject for study at the University. He returned to Oxford in 1893 as Master of Balliol College (until 1907).
A Liberal who held radical views for his day, Caird supported the provision of further education for women and the establishment of university settlement programmes and he opposed Britain's involvement in war against the Boers in South Africa (1899-1902).